Congress Raises in Parliament Issue of Alleged Surveillance by Chinese Company
Congress members on Wednesday raised in both Houses of Parliament the alleged tracking of over 10,000 prominent Indian individuals and organisations by a Chinese technology company and asked the government to build an "impregnable firewall" to deal with the "digital aggression" by the neighbouring country. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs to inform the minister concerned to "see what can be done and find out the veracity also", after Congress members, K C Venugopal and Rajiv Satav expressed concern over a media report in this regard, during the Zero Hour.
Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said China has been behind the spread of coronavirus, physical aggression in Ladakh and now "digital aggression". "We are in clutches of China. Is the government not aware of it?…Our national security is being shattered," Chowdhury said while raising the issue during the question hour in the Lower House.
He requested IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to build an "impregnable firewall to resist the new menace". His party colleague Suresh Kodikunnil too raised the issue.
Earlier in the day, Congress members Venugopal and Satav took up the issue during the Zero Hour in the Upper House. "I would like to invite the attention of this House through you Chairman, a shocking news which is related to national security and privacy of Indian citizens," Venugopal said.
He said the Indian Express has reported that a Shenzen-based technology company with links to the Chinese government, and the Chinese Communist Party ...
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